Highwood Craft Beer Festival to be Held this August

HIGHWOOD, IL — After an extremely successful kick-off year, the Highwood Craft Beer Festival is back! Highwood’s Craft Beer Festival, in collaboration with Chicago’s Finch’s Beer Co. & Two Brothers Brewing Co., will take place in Highwood’s Everts Park (130 Highwood Avenue) on Saturday, August 2nd from 11:30 am-4:30 pm. A perfect day for the growing craft beer connoisseur population throughout Chicago and the northern suburbs to taste and appreciate specialty beers from craft breweries both locally and abroad.

A celebration of craft beer on Chicago’s North Shore, ticket holders will experience over 40 breweries including local breweries; 18th Street Brewery, Ale Syndicate, Break Room Brewery, Begyle Brewing Co., Big Shoulders Beer, Bucket List Brewing, Buckle Down Brewing, Lake Effect, Lake Bluff Brewing Co., Mickey Finn’s, Pipeworks Brewing Company, Revolution Brewing, Smylie, Slapshot Brewing Company, Tighthead Brewing Company,Transient Artisan Ales, Wild Onion Brewing Co. and Chicagos’ Finch’s Beer Co. Breweries will offer over 80 different types of local, Midwest, and American craft beers. This includes many seasonal and year-round brews from small, local and independent breweries to some of the best-known regional microbreweries. Local food vendors will provide delectable fare to pair with the flavorful brews and live music along with Irish dance performances will entertain the masses in Everts Park all day. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.

“Craft Beer Fest 2013 was such a success, there was no question we were going to make this an annual event in the great city of Highwood,” says Ted Widen, Craft Beer Fest Founder. “Last year, we brought in 1,100 people and are certain we’ll double that number in 2014.”

Highwood’s Craft Beer Festival will be donating a portion of its proceeds to Arts of Life, a Chicagoland non-profit arts studio for adults with and without disabilities. Arts of Life, Chicagoland’s most unique art studio, will be showcasing and selling art on-site throughout the day.

“This festival is going to be a unique opportunity to taste beers from breweries well know like Two Brothers, Lagunitas, and Bells as well as from so many of the new breweries. The craft beer community here is growing, and we’ve got breweries pouring beer that no one has even had yet, it’s going to be an exciting event and one that benefits a charity that is close to my heart.” says Ben Finch.

Advanced tickets can be purchased at www.highwoodbeerfest.com/tickets. General admission $55 in advance and $60 at the door. This includes 20-3 oz. beer sample tickets (this is equivalent to 60 oz. of beer), a souvenir glass, wristband, brewer’s list card and map of the Fest. VIP tickets are $90 in advance and $100 at the door if available. VIP guests will be admitted one hour earlier than the general admission ticket holders to meet brewers and representatives. VIP tickets include 25-3 oz. beer sample tickets (75 oz. of beer) a souvenir glass, wristband, brewer’s list card and map of the Fest. Extra drink tickets will be available for purchase, 7 3 oz. samples for an additional $10. Designated driver tickets are also available for $20- a perfect price for drinking friends to pay as a treat to a friend wanting to hang out and enjoy the day minus the beer. This includes a souvenir glass as well.

This event is strictly for those 21 years of age and older. Highwood advocates responsible drinking, and is aligned with Parents. The Anti-Drug to combat underage drinking in the community. Attendees are encouraged to designate a driver or take the Metra Train to the Highwood Metra stop located only › block from Everts Park. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit: http://www.HighwoodCraftBeerFest.com.

The Highwood Craft Beer Festival is being produced in conjunction with the Highwood Chamber of Commerce’s Celebrate Highwood Series of Festivals and Events (http://www.CelebrateHighwood.com).


Since production began in June 2011, Finch’s Beer Co. has been committed to artfully brewing quality craft beer in Chicago. Highly regarded for using the best ingredients in an environmentally responsible setting, Finch’s is led by three core beers: Threadless IPA, Secret Stache Stout, and Fascist Pig Ale. These styles, as well as limited-edition specialties, and seasonal can offerings, add to an ever-growing list of unique beers.


From Chicago’s North Shore, Ted Widen launched Chicago-Scene.com in 1998 as one of the first social networking, events and entertainment sites in the country. Widen is known for his unparalleled event and production skill set, producing such events as the Chicago Scene New Year’s Eve Party hosted at the Historic Drake Hotel. The event is attended by over 2,500 people annually since 2000. Accolades include: Chicago Scene Magazine Publication started in 2001 that continues to reach Chicago’s A-List young professional 21-39 year old market in downtown area, The River North Craft Beer Pub Crawl and many more Craft Beer events in the future.

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